The immune system is responsible for preventing and healing illness. It’s made up of cells, proteins and organs that work together to rid the body of viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Although the immune system usually works properly warding off “foreign invaders” that make the body sick, it’s always a good idea give it an extra boost during the winter months.
Here are 5 natural ways to boost your immunity this flu season:
Echinacea is an herb that is said to work as both an antioxidant and antimicrobial, thus encouraging the immune system and reducing symptoms of sickness.
Forms: dried, tea, capsule, liquid extract, lozenges
The berries and flowers of the elder plant have been used for thousands of years to fight infection, such as colds, flu and allergies, and to reduce inflammation. Elderberries contain vitamin A, B, C, and bioflavonoids, which help protect cells from virus and damage.
Forms: capsule, tea, liquid extract
3. Colloidal Silver
This mineral is used for a variety of ailments. Made with silver particles that do not dissolve and remain suspended in the liquid, colloidal silver binds to toxic agents and flushes out the particles.
Form: liquid extract
This herb is known as an antibiotic, since it’s both anti-infective and anti-inflammatory. It contains vitamin A, C, B, iron, calcium, and other minerals and nutrients that stimulate the immune system and remove bacterial.
Forms: liquid extract, tea, and capsule
This root vegetable is said to be both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. It’s known to cleanse the lymphatic system with its warming effects. It works by breaking down the accumulation off toxins in the lungs and sinuses, helping to rid the body of waste and other unwanted agents.
Forms: tea, capsule, liquid, raw vegetable
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